Impact of Guidance and Counseling on Academic Performance of Students in Selected Schools in Kiambu District, Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
With current socio-technological changes and educational demands, Counseling is becoming a major area of concern for in-schools youths. the large number of students in schools, limited number of trained teacher counselors, heavy work load, socio-economic and technological changes all put pressure on the teachers, students, parents and society. No wonder, there is fi·equent demand for c01mseling to help addJ·ess some of these problems. Whereas guidance and counseling in Secondary schools should help the students: plan and prepare for their work roles thier high schools, with personal growth and development, plan and prepare for post secondary schooling, and with their academic achievement in schools. Most Kenyan students need much more than these four major areas. They require direction, understanding, appreciation and modeling for them to get focused in their work. Jhis paper is going to present Counseling approaches that have been used by most secondry schools members and staff to address some of these issues in selected secondary schools in rural Kenya. It will bring out challenges, experience and benefits that have been realized over time. It will further examine the need for adjustment; lessons lean,/ and differences in mixed, single sex boarding and day schools.
A research report submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning in Partial Fulfillment for the Award of a Degree of Bachelor of Education of Kampala International University.
Guidance and Counseling, Academic Performance, Impact, Students, Kiambu District, Kenya